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Friends pay tribute to murder victim

FRIENDS of 31-year-old Merit Forbes have covered the blood-stained area where he was killed in Pinewood Gardens on Thursday with sand and placed a flower on top in his memory.

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THE FINISH LINE: Justin following in tennis ace Mark Knowles’ footsteps

IT’S not how you start, nor how you get there. Most importantly, it’s how you finish.

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THE New Providence Cycling Association is expected to be back in action with a time trial and road race this weekend.

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Ministry of Education says 'Don't play Charlie Charlie'

THE Ministry of Education has sent a memo to school administrators around the country, urging them to prevent students from playing the "Charlie Charlie" game that some believe involves the summoning of supernatural spirits.

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‘Desuetude’ trips Charles Hamilton at Scripps Spelling Bee

CHARLES Hamilton Jr, the Bahamas representative in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, performed creditably in the early rounds in Washington, DC, as 285 hopefuls battled for places in the semi-finals of the prestigious event this week.

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Former Senator Mizpah Tertullien laid to rest

FORMER Senator Mizpah Tertullien was laid to rest following a state-recognised funeral at St Francis Cathedral, West Street, Nassau, on Friday morning.

Gov’t urged: Cut Business Licence top rate to 1%

The Government was yesterday urged to “go further” on its Business Licence reforms and drop the maximum rate to 1 per cent, a move that would boost private sector profits and economic growth.

Court ruling could open path to first general union in country

TRADE Union Congress president Obie Ferguson has revealed that a court ruling has cleared the way for the first general union in The Bahamas.

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Deal aims to improve air links with China

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday formally signed a memorandum of understanding on an air services agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

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Allen welcomes $20m for youth unemployment

URBAN Renewal Co-chair Algernon Allen yesterday said the government’s budgetary allocation of $20m towards tackling youth unemployment will have a “significant social impact”, adding that the funds will be “easily” integrated into a “wide range” of areas in the Urban Renewal programme.

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$14m allocated for unspecified capital works at BAMSI

THE Christie administration has allocated $21m in the upcoming fiscal year for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute in North Andros, according to 2015/2016 budget draft estimates.

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Less money for the fight against crime

AS the murder rate for the year continues to climb, Prime Minister Perry Christie said during his budget communication on Wednesday that the government has invested a “significant” amount of money in the Royal Bahamas Police Force to help it obtain additional manpower and resources to enhance its presence and visibility around New Providence.